IHPN responds to IFS report on waiting lists

We have responded to an IFS report (available here) which sets out the scale of the challenge in tackling waiting lists and waiting times.

David Hare, Chief Executive, IHPN said: “Today’s IFS report clearly shows the quite significant timeframes which will inevitably be involved in tackling NHS waiting lists, given their scale and extent. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that we work collaboratively and strategically to address them.

“The independent sector has a vital part to play in this effort, and is already playing a key role. However, what’s needed now more than ever is for everyone – the government, the NHS and the wider healthcare sector – to implement, and be committed to, long-term solutions.

“Leveraging the expertise and capacity of independent providers can help alleviate pressure on the NHS and reduce waiting times for patients. But it’ll be most powerful with a long-term, joined-up approach that maximises the strengths of both sectors.

“We are committed to working closely with the NHS and other stakeholders to develop innovative ways to deliver high-quality care to patients. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on waiting lists and ensure that patients receive the timely care they need.”